Circular on American Archaeology

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The Smithsonian Institution releases Circular 316, "In Reference to American Archaeology," by Professor Otis T. Mason, to solicit information concerning the location and extent of the archaeological remains of American Indians in various parts of the country. It is distributed under Joseph Henry's name. Responses are forwarded to Professor Mason for examination, the ultimate plan to edit and print with numerous illustrations a treatise which will build upon the work of Squier and Davis published in 1849.


  • Mason, Otis Tufton 1838-1908
  • Archeology, Division of
  • United States National Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1878, p. 15, 24
  • Guide to Smithsonian Archives. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983. Archives and Special Collections of the Smithsonian Institution Number 4., p. 168

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February 1, 1878


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